CLEMatiS, cleMAHtis, cleMAYtis
maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Mon Apr 8 16:11:06 UTC 2002
Where I grew up in Oregon it was "cleMAtus" and "PE at nee"
maberry at u.washington.edu
On Sun, 7 Apr 2002, James Smith wrote:
> I grew up in Utah saying cle MA tus ("a" as in "hat").
> I also learned pee O nee instead of PEE @ nee for
> --- "ANNE V. GILBERT" <avgilbert at PRODIGY.NET> wrote:
> > Bob:
> > I grew up in the NC mountains, as did my mom who's
> > an avid gardener. She's
> > always said CLEMatis in reference to that flowering
> > plant. I imagine that
> > that's the same pronunciation she's heard in the
> > local garden club. In
> > addition, her BS was a double major in science and
> > home economics. I've
> > never asked her if she ran into clematis in the
> > classroom or lab, but I'll
> > quiz her when she gets back from the beach.
> > Merriam-Webster Online features CLEMatis and
> > cleMATis among four different
> > pronunciations.
> > Well, first off, I'll have to look in the friendly
> > local dictionary . I
> > shoulda thought of that in the first place, but I
> > had too many other things
> > on my mind at the time. And second, I wonder if
> > these pronunciations *are*
> > regionally mediated(as well as perhaps age-mediated.
> > I live in Seattle, and
> > as I said, I heard CLEMatis when I was growing up,
> > but a lot of people have
> > moved into Seattle from all over the place since
> > then and presumably brought
> > their pronunciations with them, so I'm
> > wondering. . . .
> > Anne G
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